Handmade Flowers

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Today I’d like to share my paper flower bouquet with you made via the Silhouette.    Now that I have a tool to help cut out the shape of the flowers this is one of the first projects I couldn’t wait to complete.    I wanted to make these for Gwen’s birthday back in June but this was the one thing on the list that didn’t get completed.  Since I have the Silhouette I am glad I waited because I like how these turned out much better than when I cut my own flower shapes.  (it’s possible to do it but much harder)

I’ve said this before…but I really LOVE this collection of paper (Sketchbook by Amy Tangerine) because of the bright cheerful colors but it also has a great mix of not just shapes but also the geometric patterns.  I am so happy with how these flowers turned out.  You see the hearts and flowers on one side then geometric partners on the back sides.  This collection is also great because of the black and white patterns mixed with the bright colors and the black pencil sketchs too.

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I used two different shapes from the Silhouette store for the flowers.    The 3d paper rose (Alaa’K) & the 3d rolled spiral flower (Lori Whitlock).  I enlarged each flower so that it was as large as it could be for a 12×12 sheet.  This produced nice sized flowers for a medium sized vase to be a table centerpiece.

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I glued them together and then used floral wire as the stems.    I tried scrunching up the paper, like last time, but didn’t like how it turned out so I stuck with keeping them nice & crisp.   I had to make a small tighter spiral for the inside because the flowers were so open.  I used scraps from the big flowers, twisted them up and glued to the middle of the large open flowers.

My favorite three flowers are seen below:  the inside with the rainbow of hearts, the bright yellow inside with the big flowers on the outside and Gwyneth’s graph outside with the black and white floral on the inside.

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The two flower shapes used here are similar but Lori’s rolled spiral flower has more of a scalloped edge so these shapes work well together to give a slight variety to the overall shape/size of the flowers.   

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I’ve tied some Sketchbook ribbons to the top of the vase to enhance the colors in the bouquet.  We’ve now got the bouquet sitting in the center of our dinging table.   The real roses my husband got me for our anniversary last week are just about done but we’ll have this lovely bouquet to enjoy for a long time!    

There are many, many more flower shapes I want to use on future projects with smaller sized flowers in a big grouping.  I can’t wait to try some new things!   Here’s a link to my other projects with the Sketchbook collection.   I’ve almost used up the paper pack, just enough left for one more layout & 2 cards.  

Supplies:  pattern paper & ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), die cut flower templates-Silhouette store (3d paper rose – by Alaa’K & the 3d rolled spiral flower – by Lori Whitlock)


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Rolled paper flowers are really beautiful and they always catch my eye.  I am THRILLED to finally have a tool (Silhouette) to make paper flowers.   I used the 3d rolled rose pattern and then added some leaves.  It’s so much easier making these with a die cut than by hand!  See the paper flower board I’ve created on Pinterest to keep track of the flowers I love.  Alice, Virginia and Joy have created some flowers that totally inspire me- thank you ladies!! I can’t wait to create more!

Last weekend my husband saw them sitting on my craft desk and commented that he liked the way they turned out.  I love when he likes what I make and I smiled.  We celebrated our 7th anniversary earlier this week and so I thought these three flowers would be a good accent for his “Happy Anniversary” card.  The best part about giving cards to him is that I get to see them sitting on his desk for months.    Luckily I was able to find some background paper (from a different collection) that seemed to work with the yellow dot flowers and are somewhat male colors.

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I was planning to sew a border around the card with blue thread but turns out my machine needs to get service.  So I added a black mat & the black/white pattern to the base before adding the panel front of the card because it needed something else.

I just love how the flowers look when rolled & glued together.  I had fun taking these photos of them and can’t wait to do more.   The Silhouette comes with a gift card for the digital store and I used it to buy all paper flower templates.

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This tag from the Sketchbook collection was just perfect with the blue “the best FEELING” sentiment to go with this LOVE card.    Added a brad and a touch of twine and it was a quick card.    I also made a vase of large paper flowers with this same paper that I’ll be sharing next.

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Supplies:  Pattern Paper, Tag & Brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), Sentiment Love Sticker-SRM Press, Yellow Rolled Paper Flowers-Echo Park Dots & Stripes.  Flowers (3d paper rose -Alaa’K) & Leaves (3 flower leaves & flower leaves by Lori Whitlock)- cut via the Silhouette.

Love Your Smile Layout

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Today I’d like to share a scrapbook layout that I completed over the long weekend.  I was inspired to do this layout from the Sunday Sketch posting on Studio Calico this week.     I’ve wanted to use these cool wood veneer cameras on a layout and this was the perfect opportunity to mix them with some Amy Tangerine Sketchbook paper.    I considered misting the wood but with this paper it looked better keeping them natural, they have this beautiful warm color to the wood that’s so lovely.  I’ll mist some for another project. 

Here’s the sketch:  (based on Amy Tan’s layout)  I like the way this sketch has multiple borders and was inspired to do a layout.  I was creating some paper flowers Sunday night  so when I saw this it was a good distraction and break from that project.


Here’s my layout:    I expanded it to a two page layout.  I always have more than a few photos I want to use so I rarely do one page layouts.    Moved the journaling to the far right side and then made a nice box to contain all of the wood cameras. 

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I sure love the bright colors and sketchy designs in this collection.   It might not immediately pop out as being something to use for baby girl layouts but it sure is perfect!    This blue graph paper on the background is called “Gwyneth’s Graph” and I am going to say it was named for our baby Gwenyth. (not really but fun when there’s a connection like this)   All the more perfect to use for Gwen’s layout!    I hope Amy will do more collections with bright colors in the future because I can’t get enough of Sketchbook (made a vase of paper flowers with the Silhouette that I’ll share soon). 

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Supplies: Pattern paper – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection (American Crafts), Wood Veneer Cameras- Studio Calico, Letters-Thickers (American Crafts) and Making Memories

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Happy Independence Day!

I wanted to THANK Amy Tangerine for featuring the owl gift bags & the mini album up on her site last week!  It’s been fun to get visits from her blog readers to Laurel Lane.  I love meeting new people, especially when they love crafting!


Today I’d like to share three cards I made with the Sketchbook collection.  

I was inspired by the stitching and cut out circle in Laura Craigie’s “Wonderful Card” @ the American Crafts Blog.  It’s a beautiful card!!  Now that I just sewed the fabric banner I am in the mood to do more sewing on my cards so this was a great opportunity.  Here are the three cards that I made. 

#1 – I LOVE Cameras:  I used the sewing machine on all three cards to add some stitching detail to the outside border.  I also did some cut outs of the shapes from the pattern paper and popped everything up to add dimension.   On this first card I love this pattern so much that I decided to keep it intact and just cut out a circle for the message. 

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At the top of this card, I used a strip of paper that from the backside of the barcode product label.  This is one of the first lines I’ve seen that made the product strip usable by printing a smaller pattern on the backside.  It’s 1/2 inches wide and is an extra strip in addition to the 12×12 piece of paper.    It’s also a smaller aspect ratio so it’s great for borders & trim. 

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I love cameras and I thought this was a great message to put with the cameras.  People smile for cameras, people simile when looking at photos taken from cameras and this colorful set of cameras makes me smile! 

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#2 – Clouds:  During this last month in Seattle we have NOT seen summer.  It’s been gray or rainy every day.  I felt “hello from Seattle”  was the perfect message to add to this cloudy card.    We are lucky because today the sun is out and it’s wonderful to see!

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I love the blues found in these ribbons and thought it looked nice to add another texture other than the paper.   My office walls are painted “spa blue” that’s very close to the middle ribbon.

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#3 – Picture Frames with hearts:   

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This heart paper is adorable and I thought it would be cute to cut out hearts from the pattern.  I used my creative memories double heart punch, sewed them together and then added the hearts to the picture frames.  

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I was glad to be able to use the pink sparkly thickers for the sentiment. 

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Supplies:   Heart punch-Creative Memories, white cardstock, pink/blue thread, sewing machine used for all stitching, pop dots, glue dots, corner rounder-We R Memory Keepers.    All pattern papers, thickers, heart brad, ribbons-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts

baby girl First Birthday Party

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I’d like to share some photos to show of how my daughter’s First Birthday Party came together on the big day.   Most of the decorations were handmade by me and if not I indicate where I found them or the special person who made them.   I link below back to the original post where I share the details for the various crafts.

The invite was my inspiration for the banner and for the colors that were used at the party.     

Birthday Party Invite from Tiny Prints

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Handmade fabric bunting banner-my first time making one on the sewing machine.    Fly Away fabric by Robert Kaufman.

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Tissue paper pom-poms -Martha Stewart (pack of 5).  The tissue paper comes in a flat stack with the edges already scalloped.  You have to add a wire to tie it and then shape the tissue paper.  I was expecting them to pop out of the package like an accordion so it was a little more work than I anticipated.  The first one didn’t turn out well but then I figured it out and was able to get the other 4 to be full in shape. 

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The package comes with two colors (light and dark purple).  The sizes vary too.  Don’t give up if your first one doesn’t turn out as expected.  Your second one will be much better.

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The pom-poms added a nice splash of purple and brought more texture to the room.   Gwen likes looking & pointing up at them. 

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Beautiful handmade cookies – ordered from TSCookies on Etsy.  I recommend this shop, the cookies came quickly, on time and I didn’t have to order them months in advance like so many of the cookie shops.   She bakes over the weekends and then sends out the cookies on Monday morning.   They have so many different kinds of cookies for every theme.  They were a great addition to the owls at the party.  Each guest got to take one (or more) home to enjoy.  I love that they are individually wrapped with a colorful shiny ribbon to compliment the cookie color. 

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Cute owl plate to serve the first cupcake to the birthday girl – a shower gift that was purchased from Etsy.  It was fun to use this for the first time.

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The cookies were in four bright colors (purple, pink, green and teal) to match the other items.  I used my cupcake stand to display them so that they’d be more prominent than in a bowl. 

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Personalized Water bottle labels– handmade with digital papers from Etsy (The Digital Bake Shop).  It was my first time making labels with digital papers (from scratch).  I also did the photo clips (below) with the same papers.  However, the water bottle labels were much easier to create because the labels don’t have to be a fixed size.

My favorite one is the pink polka dot one with the monogram “G” in the background and “Gwenyth” across the top.   

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Handmade Owl gift bags for kids-Used Amy Tangerine Sketchbook patterned papers.  I love how the owl made by paper piecing stands out on the brown bag.  

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Fabric owls –ordered from Etsy made by MariaPalito.  These little cuties were inside the gift bags for the kids.  Got them in four colors (blue, pink, purple and brown).

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First year mini album-made with supplies from Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection.  Includes a photo taken each month during the first year in the same chair with two stuffed owls.    It was easy to pull this together the week before the party because it’s simple and just has one hero 5×5 photo with three small 2×2. 

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Photo clip garland-made in Photoshop with digital papers from The Digital Bake Shop on Etsy.  I used the same digital files on these as I did the water bottle labels above.    These were more challenging to make because they the inside circle has 6 layers. 

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Owl Birthday Cake– Used design found in Parenting Magazine.   Baked by my husband.   Frosted/Decorated by my girlfriend (seen in photo below). 

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Lovely Owl Cupcakes– also designed & made by my sweet girlfriend.  The cupcakes are from a box mix and were baked by my husband.  They are chocolate with a home made vanilla crème in the middle.  He loves making sweet desserts and had fun figuring out the filling.    My favorite part is the beautiful frosting in blue & purple! 

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I displayed all the fun owl décor items on the table with a ivory tablecloth so that they could all be shared together.  Then the food and drinks were on the opposite kitchen countertops. 

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Here’s the birthday girl taking some of her first steps.  She took her first 2 steps ON her actual birthday.  We are having fun watching her start to figure out how to walk.    This dress was perfect for the big day. 

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Enjoying her new birthday gift…..a ride on musical toy.  Of course she doesn’t stay in any one place for more than a second so I am ready to catch her when she falls off.

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The baker and chef-

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Two of my super crafty friends.  The one on the right made the beautiful cupcakes & cake! 

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We had the party on a Saturday afternoon which was the perfect time and the naps worked out well so our little girl was rested.  I took the day off on Friday from work so that I could finish the album up and get everything else ready.

Also, Thank you to everyone who helped me get everything ready! We couldn’t have had such a great party without the help from our friends/family. 

first year mini album

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Today I am excited to share a mini album that I made to document the growth each month during my daughters first year. 

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I used paper, stickers, ribbons & embellishments that are all part of the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colors, beautiful flowers and all the lovely black outlines used in this collection.  It was the perfect choice to use for this mini album.   

On the front cover I wanted to keep it simple so I just used three different strips of paper.  The one with the round flowers on the top half is my favorite so I found a way to share it on the front cover. 

I used a tag & the love brad to write a personalized message giving the book to Gwen.  Added a strand of green & pink bakers twine to tie it to the ring. 

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I used the lined paper for the bottom half of the cover.  I wanted a paper that was simple so that the title would stand out.  It has this lovely sketch of a black flower and to add a touch of color I added a sticker die cut below.  

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For the title I used three different sticker sets.  I love how the teal & fascia letters sparkle.  This is an 8×8 chipboard 7 Gypsies album that I got a few years back. I made three for our puppies (their first year photos too) and have loved using them since for mini books.

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There are 5 rings on this notebook.  I put different colored mini strips of ribbon on each ring, black/gray at the top, blues, hot pinks , greens & yellows at the bottom.  Getting to use so many different colors & patterns of ribbons might be my favorite thing about the collection (along with the flowers on the front cover).  I think there were 8 spools I didn’t get to use.    I’ve never seen such a huge pack of ribbons to go with one collection!  

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I used the same circle element on each page for the title.  Because they are thick from the stickers I rotated them from the right to left side of the page.

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To create the circles….I used my 3 inch scalloped circle for the pink outer circle.  For the inner, in word I made circles with the teal dashed line circle & added the typed words.  I punched each circle out with a 2.25 circle (keeping the dashed line inside my punch).   The teal shiny thicker number shines nicely on the white cardstock.

Pages inside mini album: 

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The owl design started last year when I was creating the baby room and found these cute owls.  I got them so that we could use them to sit with Gwen for her monthly photos.  (we used an elephant for Gavin’s monthly photos the first year)

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Since there were extra pages I decided to start the book when Gwen was in my belly (right at the end). The shower theme was owls too. This cute invite is from Twig & Thistle. There’s a momma & dada owl, a boy owl on the branch. Then the baby is little egg in the nest. She added the egg in the nest since we already had one child.

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These photos of big brother were taken when we were decorating the baby room.  He was nursing (using an airline neck pillow for support)  his baby monkey & baby doll and they were too cute not to share in the book and have a page showing the proud big brother.

On the “newborn” page I used her birth announcement on the left side (from Tiny Prints).  I love her birth announcement and was thrilled to get to put one in this book, on the backside there’s a photo of our family that I was able to add to the end of the mini book.  On the right side, I used a photo taken on day 1 at the hospital. 

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Then once she was one month old, I took photos every month from there on out of her in the same chair with the same cute owls.  I always look forward to the days where we’d take these photos. 

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On the pages in the album you’ll see I used the same design over and over. The left side of the page has three vertical strips and on the right side there’s one 3×7 piece.

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I wanted to have the photos be the highlight of the pages.  I tried to keep the design simple and let the beautiful patterns create a nice layout with the photos.

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The purple First Birthday Party invitation (from Tiny Prints)  seen below was my inspiration for the rounded corners you’ve seen throughout the book. I printed the hero photo each month in the same size- 5×5 and then rounded the corners. On the left page the little photos are 2×2 squares, rounded the corners of these too.

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For the last page I used the owl thank you card that was on the gift bags at the first birthday party.  It was a good way to have a copy of the owl that was part of the theme from that special day for Gwen to when she’s older.   


Hope you enjoyed seeing this mini book.  I had so much fun taking the photos each month and then being able to pull them all together in one place like this. 

For Gavin’s first year photos with the elephant, I did a scrapbook layout where they are all on one page in 2×2 squares.  I think I am going to go back and make his into a book too though because it will be a nice keepsake and fun to see how a boy version will turn out. 

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Supplies:  Font-Pea Sarahloo, Corner Rounder-We R Memory Keepers Crop a Dile, 8×8 5 ring mini book album- 7 Gypsies, White circle tags-made in word with 2.15 inch circle, punched with EK Success Circle Paper Shapers Punch 2.25, Patterned Paper, ribbon, sticker letters, brad-Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts, Pink paper that’s the 3 inch scalloped circles (all except two of them)-Sultry by BasicGrey

Owl Party Gift Bags

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I’d like to share some fun owl party gift bags I made for my daughters birthday party.

I created this owl with various punches and then attached the card to the front of the gift bags to personalize the bags with the party theme.    I also added a tag to the handle of each bag with the child’s name and a circle scallop from pattern paper to add splash more of color/pattern.

The paper seen here is all from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection by American Crafts.  I love the bright colorful patterns and the bright pinks are great for a girl’s birthday party.

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This idea comes from the February issue of Scrapbooks etc. where Valerie Salmon created a cute owl Valentine’s Day card.  Originally I thought I’d use this design for the invitations but I didn’t want to make the invites so using this card for the gift bags was perfect.

I am not sure how big the original card is in the magazine but I was able to go with 5×7 for the outer size of the pattern piece.    The brown paper bag background was perfect for the colors/patterns in the owls and went especially well with the card having the owl placed on “paper bag” colored cardstock.

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I found a write up on Geeky Diva Design’s blog where she did this paper piecing pattern with her kids.   What a great idea to do it with your children as they sure love using punches & glue.  She even created a helpful template showing which shapes & punches to use for each part of the owl.

I do have a good supply of punches but I don’t have all the shapes so I had to improvise a bit.

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  • I used 2 inch scalloped circles for the feathers and also the feet (didn’t even think about using my heart punch).
  • Then I used three different punches for the eyes. I did the outside in pink with a 1 1/4 punch, then punched that circle again with the 1 to have a thin outer ring. The white is on the 1 inch and the small black inside is 5/8.
  • Cut a small triangle for the noose
  • The body is 4 inches tall by about 3 inches wide.  I don’t have an oval punch and a circle punch didn’t work to cut the top off so I used a aerosol bottle of spray starch to trace out a half circle to cut off the top of the owl.
  • For the feet I also used my two inch circle scallop punch and cut out two of the scallops for each foot.

I selected 5 different background patterns from the lovely paper choices and made 10 cards (leaving me with two extra owls-one for Gwen’s memory book and one for my card stash).

I made one owl as a template so that I could figure out the best colors to use with the background paper.    The owls are made almost completely with pieces from my scrap bag (except for the wings that are from two sheets of hot pink BasicGrey paper that has a great textured look to it).

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Here are the finished bags in each design.  Which is your favorite?

pink flowers-

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rainbow hearts-

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flourish (this is my favorite pattern)-

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trees & leaves-

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Thank you Michelle for helping me with the final touches on tags & bags Friday night so that they were ready for Saturday!

One last thing…what was inside the bags?  Some of the regular party favors (pencils, note pads, stationary, erasers, etc.) and then these adorable felt hand sewn owls.  I found these on Etsy made by MariaPalito.   Maria whipped them up quickly and they arrived in some cute packaging.  They even have a little rattle inside each owl.   Size wise the owl fits in the palm of your hand.


Supplies:  punches- EK Success, corner rounder crop a dile – We R Memory Keepers, Pattern papers – Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Collection, Pink paper(only on owl feathers)-BasicGrey Sultry, Various Solid Cardstock-Bazzil, Paper bag gift bags-Michael’s Craft Store, string-brown hemp twine